Jonathan (left of center) and Susan Lipp (right of center) of Full Compass Systems met with Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) (center) and other NAMM members to discuss the importance of education in schools.
Full Compass Systems owners Jonathan and Susan Lipp recently attended the National Association of Music Merchants Advocacy Fly-In in Washington. They said they joined musicians, researchers, congressional leaders and other members to remind Congress of the importance of providing music education.
This year’s event was described as the largest ever by NAMM, including aome 100 meetings to urge the reauthorization and full funding of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and to continue the designation of music as a core academic subject.
“We want to make sure that kids have access to music in schools,” said Susan Lipp in a statement. “That’s why I’ve been coming to Washington for nine years begging Congress to make music part of every child’s education.”
The Lipps said they are committed to finding ways to facilitate funding for school music programs and to make high-quality music education accessible to students. They have also established scholarships at University of Wisconsin-Madison for theatre and music majors and host several annual fundraisers and performance events to promote music education, which support local youth arts organizations and students in Madison, where Full Compass Systems is headquartered.
NAMM is a not-for-profit organization promoting music stores and music education.